Nowadays, too many children are defiant, impulsive, aggressive, or even diagnosed with learning disabilities, with ADHD being one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. Additionally, more and more children experience stress and anxiety and are subject to highly competitive environments as the pressures of modern society set absurdly high expectations for everyone. Integrating yoga in the education of children helps to counter these pressures.
Children who practice yoga have been found to foster emotional and physical stability, have improved concentration as well as improved self-esteem. Furthermore, they are more adaptable to change and less anxious. These qualities can be explained by the fact that yoga enables children to develop strategies for learning and focusing on what they feel internally, thus becoming less distracted by external factors.
The PedaYoga: International Yoga Program in Child Education was specifically created by a preschool and elementary school teacher, mother of a child who suffers from an intellectual disability, learning difficulties and a language disorder. The PedaYoga method, a complementary educational approach, offers children a range of playful, collaborative and educational activities that invite movement, relaxation and awakening. Through kid-friendly yoga techniques, postures renamed after animals and wildlife and the mischievous mascot, Namaste, children have fun and learn to channel their energy into movement, manage their emotions, calm down, develop their concentration, self-esteem and inner strength, as well as \\cultivate their creativity and imagination.
Since 2008, the PedaYoga team is dedicated to supporting and training teachers, educators, practitioners and parents, to promote child concentration, learning and relaxation.
Sarah Thériault-Allaoui, Certified PedaYoga Trainer and Facilitator